Sunday, February 11, 2007

Family fun outing

Yesterday, Jared and I decided to take a drive over to Shenandoah National Park. (Jason and Robin had been there, and said it was really neat. Here are their photos.) We loaded Eleanor and our camera gear into the car and took off. Once we got there, it took us about two seconds to fall absolutely in love with the place. It was totally amazing and beautiful. I'm really corny and almost cried, but I really was just overwhelmed with how wonderfully God had made everything there. We did the driving tour of the park. There is a road called Skyline Drive that is 109 miles long and 2000-3000 ft above sea level. It winds all around the mountains through the most amazing landscape you can imagine with little overlooks where you can pull over every eighth of a mile or so. We saw 15 deer while we there, and they all came really close to our car. We rolled down our windows and took pictures of them. Okay, Jared gets credit for the deer pics, but I can't help that they always went to his side of the car. There were lots of trails and some picnic areas that we hope to take full advantage of in the spring when it's warm enough to get Eleanor out of the car. She was such a little trooper yesterday. She slept for the first four hours, woke up, had a bottle, then played with her toys in her carseat until we were about 5 miles from home. By that time, she had clearly had enough of the carseat and really wanted out. I had a hard time narrowing down which pictures would convey the utter perfection of the park, but I chose these...eight. I said I had a hard time narrowing it down. You're lucky I only chose eight! Enjoy!!








10 comments:

Robin said...

Fun pictures!

It's a cool place, isn't it? Just remember that when it warms up, you have to get there early to avoid long lines getting in the park.

I've got a great picture of a deer from there that I need to show you.

Megan said...

We thought it was so awesome!

I think going there during different seasons will be so neat. It will be like a new place every time!

Maybe we'll sleep in the car outside the gate to avoid the line. :)

Robin said...

You need to go to Great Falls NP, too. It's so close and just nice to enjoy the weather and God's creation.

Lisa said...

All I have to say is brrrrr!

No really ... it is amazingly beautiful. I love the pictures. Maybe one of these days we will be able to make it up there to see if for ourselves :)

Denise said...

Great pictures. What a gorgeous day! :)

Megan said...

Robin- We're definitely going to try Great Falls when it's warmer. It looked like there wasn't much driving around there, so we'll have to wait until it's warm enough for Eleanor to be out. Although, I wouldn't mind having her out on a "warm" day like today (35 degrees), so maybe we'll get to try it sooner than I think.

Megan said...

Lisa-
Our door is definitely open whenever you guys get ready! We would love to have company!

Megan said...

Denise-
It was a fabulous day for pictures. A little chilly when we ventured out of the car, but gorgeous from inside! :)

Susie PSU said...

I, too, recommend Great Falls. Amazing, beautiful, and natural. You really HAVE to give it a try!

Margaret said...

Those are gorgeous pics - you're a great photographer! I like the snow, but I am looking forward to it warming up here in TX!